Travis Head will head into the Gillette ODI series with renewed confidence after a match-winning half-century returned the Adelaide Strikers to the top of the KFC BBL table on Tuesday night.
Head's rapid-fire 53 from 32 deliveries set up the Strikers chase as they ran down the Stars' 6-151 with eight wickets in hand, in what was his last appearance for the club before he joins the Australian ODI squad in Melbourne on Wednesday.
He was handed a life on 17 when Stars captain John Hastings put down a catch that carried over the boundary rope for six, making the most of the second chance to post his first half-century of BBL|07. It followed scores of 36, 29, 13, 44 and 12.
"I had a few starts and a couple of silly mistakes in the first couple of games and then just some poor execution in the last couple," Head said after play on Tuesday.
"I've been a little bit disappointed with how I've played, I've got starts and the first time I've tried to accelerate I haven't been able to get it right.
"So tonight it was nice to have a little bit of luck, but I am hitting the ball nicely and getting to the stage where I'm playing really well, so it was nice to capitalise a bit tonight.
"I was disappointed not to get not out and win the game, but nice to get a personal score and to get us over the line in my last game, because I hadn't done much prior to tonight."
Australia are set to announce an ODI squad replacement for the injured Chris Lynn ahead of Sunday's opening ODI at the MCG.
Among the candidates for the position is Stars allrounder Glenn Maxwell, a surprise omission from the initial squad announced last week, with Maxwell issuing a timely reminder to selectors in the form of a 39-ball 60 on Tuesday.
"We'll have to see what happens, Maxwell's not in the squad at the minute and I know he's disappointed," Head said.
"It's great to have such a strong (Australian) batting line-up, the guys are in form at the minute.
"We've got Mitch Marsh coming back in, who's hitting Test hundreds, everyone is demanding their spot which is fantastic for Australian cricket."
Head leaves the Strikers with the club sitting on top of the table with five wins from six matches.
South African import Colin Ingram is widely tipped to take over the captaincy in Head's absence, with their next outing a top-of-the-table clash against the Perth Scorchers in Alice Springs on Saturday.
"We didn't play great last year so it's nice to be back on top and hopefully I've left the boys in a good state, I'll be watching closely.
"I haven't done a great deal so I don't think they'll miss me too much."